Obama and Blair’s humour in the Middle East

As the US-Saudi oil spat intensifies, what are Biden’s options? The most likely outcome is that Saudi Arabia will be able to survive without having to rely on America for its oil in the…

Obama and Blair’s humour in the Middle East

As the US-Saudi oil spat intensifies, what are Biden’s options?

The most likely outcome is that Saudi Arabia will be able to survive without having to rely on America for its oil in the future

Jorge Ramos

Barack Obama and Tony Blair used to play football together in the White House, but in a recent appearance with the former London mayor, the US president appeared to be struggling to find any sense of humour amid escalating tensions between the US and its Gulf allies.

Barack Obama and Tony Blair used to play football together in the White House, but in a recent appearance with the former London mayor, the US president appeared to be struggling to find any sense of humour amid escalating tensions between the US and its Gulf allies.

“How many times do we have to tell the Saudis they must give up their oil in return for money?” said Obama, after being asked what he would do if he were still defence secretary.

“Because that would be a deal. We could sit here for a long time. In the end, we have to make a decision.”

In his final days as president, David Cameron took Obama over his knee and was photographed looking down at him. But the American politician seemed disinclined to join in the fun, suggesting the former prime minister was still in charge of the negotiations with the world’s leading oil producers.

As the country’s new prime minister, Boris Johnson, will almost certainly have to start negotiating with Saudi Arabia. Although, having served under both Blair and Tony, he may feel that he has a better handle on the Middle East than his predecessors.

He is certain to be aware of Blair’s role in the Iraq invasion, when he was seen having a quiet word to the president of the United States on the eve of the war, which led to the fall of Baghdad. But with the US under pressure

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